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Hanif Mohammad

Profession: Cricketer

Nationality:
Pakistan
Pakistani

Why Famous: Hanif was considered one of the best batsmen in the world despite playing at a time when Pakistan played very little Test cricket.

As the first Pakistani to score a triple hundred in a Test match (337, 1st Test v West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados 1958), he played 55 Tests with a batting average of 43.98 and 12 Test centuries.

In 1958–59, he surpassed Don Bradman's record for the highest individual first-class innings with 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur. This stood for more than 35 years before being passed by Brian Lara in 1994.

After retiring from international cricket, Hanif co-founded the magazine "The Cricketer Pakistan" which he edited for two decades.

Born: December 21, 1934
Birthplace: Junagadh, British India

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: August 11, 2016 (aged 81)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Historical Events

  • 1951-11-15 1st-class cricket debut of future great Pakistani batsman Hanif Mohammad; scores 26 in drawn tour match, Pakistan XI v MCC, Lahore
  • 1952-10-12 Hanif Mohammad completes twin cricket centuries for Pakistan v North Zone (India) in Amritsar; 121 & 109 no
  • 1958-01-23 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes in drawn 1st Test v West Indies at Bridgetown, longest innings in Test history
  • 1959-01-11 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad smashes 499 for Karachi v Bahawalpur, then 1st class world record
  • 1975-09-07 Pakistani all-time great batsman Hanif Mohammad plays final day of 1st-class cricket for Pakistan International Airlines v Hyderabad at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad
  • 1983-09-24 Test cricket debut of Shoaib Mohammad, son of champion Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad; scores 6 in drawn 2nd Test v India in Jullundur; goes on to play 45 Tests

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